Sri Lanka’s intelligence units have confirmed that persons wanted for serious crimes such as former diplomat Udayanga Weeratunga and underworld leader Madush, who have been issued Interpol red notices and wanted by police for years in connection to serious crimes, are freely living in Dubai.
In the past a number of Interpol red notices, blue notices and international warrants have been issued for about 15 Sri Lankans including underworld leaders, narcotics traffickers who have connections to international drug trafficking networks and other absconding criminals in foreign countries.
The information received by the intelligence units have revealed that most of them have fled to India, Singapore and Malaysia first and later reached Dubai.
It is reported that they are already involved in various crimes including drug trafficking, mafia gangs, international espionage and arms sales and operating from the Emirati capital.
According to the information received, the absconding criminals earn millions from their illegals activities and deposit the money in Dubai banks.
The financial institutions have learned through the police that the criminals have discussed withdrawing the money from the banks if they were arrested by the police and the banks have informed the relevant authorities of the Dubai government.
In the meantime, Sri Lanka police is hoping to institute a special program to apprehend the criminals wanted by Sri Lankan authorities and extradite them to the country.